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Professor Paul Leonard

Professor Paul Leonard
Honorary Professor


Paul Leonard BSc (Hons), FSRP, CRadP., C. Biol., FRSB., CSci., C MarSci., FI MarEST, FRPSL, FMBA, FLS is an environmental scientist, based near London and has worked in core government departments and scientific institutions for nearly 40 years.  He has specialised in the delivery of science – based evidence to meet policy needs, primarily in the aquatic environment.  He has a long-term interest in the design and management of aquatic environmental monitoring programmes from point & diffuse sources.  Besides contributing to over 40 scientific papers, he has advised on the content of many policy and technical documents. His work has included science audits, advising on the adequacy of current operations & future needs at government laboratories & industry.  He is a Chartered Scientist, Chartered Marine Scientist and Chartered Radiation Professional Scientist and Chartered Biologist.

Paul has been involved with the Engineering & Law Faculties and will be representing Brunel University at the Symposium for European Freshwater Science (SEFS10) with an overview of the importance of the use of Citizen Scientists and the EU funded INTCATCH Project  . Previous international experience has included work in the USA, Canada, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Hong Kong & Japan as well as the EU.  Much of this work relates to the transport of pollutants, environmental monitoring and assessments of the public.

Qualifications & Awards

  • 1972: BSc Hons Biological Sciences
  • 2000: Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
  • 2004: Chartered Biologist & Fellow of the Institute of Biology
  • 2007: Chartered Scientist, FIMarEST, CMarSci
  • 2007:  Chartered Radiation Professional
  • 2009: Fellow of the Society for Biology & subsequently, Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
  • 2014: Fellow of the Society for Radiological Protection
  • 2015: Fellow of the Marine Biological Association


1995 – 2007: Principal Scientist & Head of Science Unit, Marine Environment Division for MAFF & subsequently Defra. 

2007 – present: Environmental Scientist & Consultant